No items found.

The Best Mosquito Repellents of 2023

These repellents won't let mosquitoes suck the fun out of summer.

Summer is barbecues, fishing trips, and the distinct high-pitched hum of a mosquito zeroing in on your ear. The latter can ruin your summer fun with constant swatting and the eventual itching. But, mosquito repellent can save the day. To help you find the best mosquito repellent for your needs, I tested a bunch of them in my mosquito-infested woods to find repellents that are effective and user friendly. Here are my picks:

Best Overall: Coleman Insect Repellent SkinSmart

Best for Backyards: Thermacell EX90

Best Small Bottle: Repel 100

Best Lotion: Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion

Best for Treating Clothing: Sawyer Permethrin

Best Portable Device: Thermacell MR450 Armored Mosquito Repeller

Best Natural: Murphy’s Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Mosquito & Tick Repellent Spray

Best Device for Backpacking: Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

Continue reading more about the various mosquito repellents here.


September 27, 2023

Written by
Photo thumbnail Blog Author

Outdoor Life

explore morecontent


A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)

Rachel Schultz
Editorial Director


Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.



And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.

Samson McDougall